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Lesbian Chef Sues Celebrity-Laden Hollywood Restaurant

Lesbian Chef Sues Celebrity-Laden Hollywood Restaurant

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Keyon Wilson sues her former employer, a company that also owns the popular gay bar The Abbey.

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Keyon Wilson, an African-American lesbian, is suing the owner of Hollywood's popular Cleo restaurant after alleging antigay, racist, and misogynist treatment by co-workers.

Wilson was a chef at Cleo, part of the Redbury Hotel near the intsersection of Hollywood and Vine. Wilson claims she was called a "fat ass"; that co-workers made references to Rosa Parks and getting to the back of the bus; that she was quizzed on the sexual proclivities of gay men. Wilson says she complained to human resources, but the abuse continued and worsened. She quit after a month of work and initiated a lawsuit.

Cleo is popular with celebrities like Jamie Foxx; it's owned by SBE, which owns several Los Angeles restaurants and clubs, including The Abbey in West Hollywood, arguably one of the most famous gay bars in the world.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.